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Greetings from Karelia Software!

When we last sent you an email, we mentioned that we would soon release a new version of Sandvox that sported some new features. We're now pleased to let you know that we have just released version 1.2, with quite a few fantastic new features.

First off, here is the information about the download. Below, we'll highlight what is new about it. Download it here:

Main New Features

We're very excited about this release. We've collected several of the top feature requests from the Sandvox community and incorporated them into version 1.2. Probably the biggest of these is the ability to customize selected designs by easily substituting your own graphics for the default banner image. We've added a bunch of new designs to version 1.2, bringing our total count of bundled designs to 43. Eleven of these now have swappable banners.

This release also has four new pagelets that we've been testing, and we think you'll be pleased with the results. For your site visitors who don't use a brower like Safari that informs them that an RSS feed is available for your blog, we have a feed-icon pagelet. If you want your friends to know when you are available for iChat or Skype, there's a pagelet for that. Another pagelet puts links to one of our favorite online shopping sites into your sidebar — you have to see this pagelet to believe it. We've also implemented our most-requested feature: a page-view counter. Now you can display (with a number of fun prebuilt styles) how many times a page has been viewed on your website.

We've added some properties to pages in response to user requests. One is a "draft" mode to prevent a page from being uploaded until it is ready. Another is an alternate title for a page, typically shorter, to be used only in site menus.

New Features for Pro Users

Our Pro users have submitted a variety of requests, and we've incorporated several in version 1.2. Want to edit HTML in a window larger than that little inspector? Done! HTML editors now have their own separate, resizable window complete with Search & Replace and syntax coloring, allowing you to edit the contents of your Raw HTML pages and pagelets in style and with greater ease. You can also open any chunk of editable text (for example, the body of a Text page or the footer of your website) and directly edit that HTML as well.

Another new Pro feature is an expansion of a capability we introduced in previous versions: Code Injection. We've identified four spots on your website's pages where you might want to insert HTML, JavaScript, or PHP/Scripting code. The previous versions allowed you to inject before the <html> output and within the <head> area; now we also support hooks for the <body> tag and right before the </body> tag.

The final Pro feature that bears mentioning is our integration with Google's Webmaster tools, including Google SiteMaps and Google Analytics. The codes that Google supplies can now be entered in the new Google inspector, and you can select an option to have a Google sitemap automatically generated and maintained for you.

Let's see what kinds of sites you can create....

Many other features (and bugfixes) are listed in the full release notes. We're looking forward to seeing some of the amazing sites our users create, and hope you'll let us know when you have your Sandvox site published. (You can send us a note with our built-in feedback reporter, or tag your site with 'svxsite' if you are a del.icio.us user.)